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Fall 2021

Thank you for joining us with another edition of Lamont Lyrics! We are delighted to bring you news and share profiles of individuals from the greater Lamont community: an alumnus expanding into film; proud parents of a student leaving her mark at Lamont; a student whose journey includes the viola, the Army, establishing a foundation, and more; an ambitious new President of the Lamont Society; and a faculty member who founded a chamber music festival.

The past year this community, facing COVID, saw and met its greatest challenge. While navigating limiting mitigations, music persevered through our 230 streamed performances and events. We composed. We thought in new ways. We harnessed technology to our advantage. I am so proud of what faculty, students, and staff accomplished. It is an honor to serve such a community.

The beginning of a new academic year always feels propitious. Even with unknowns ahead of us, I invite you to join me, looking optimistically toward the year ahead as we continue to make music, create, and sustain our community, highlights of which you will read in this and future editions of Lamont Lyrics. 


Keith Ward, Director, Lamont School of Music

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Take a Look at Us

Drawing from around the world, over the last three years Lamont has added to its star-studded performance faculty.

Triumphing Over the Pandemic

Virtual performance

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Introducing an alumnus starring in his first major film, an exceptional "nontraditional student," parents who supported their daughter from early ballet to jazz, the new president of the Lamont Society, and a faculty member celebrating milestones.

George Arvidson


George Arvidson, BM 2014 in voice performance, has journeyed from Lamont's Oklahoma to London's West End, to filming his first major film role in Bulgaria.

Photo: As CPT Chris Cordova in The Outpost

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Christina Ebersohl


Christina Ebersohl describes herself as a “nontraditional student”: she is married, has stepchildren, is an Army veteran, is blind and plays the viola.

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Jeff & Wendy Pucillo


Jeff & Wendy Pucillo described their daughter Ruby as "a little performer coming out of the womb." Now Ruby is an accomplished Lamont jazz vocalist.

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Phyllis Goodman


The new Lamont Society council president, Phyllis Goodman was musically inspired by her late husband, Neal, a physician by training with a passion for jazz piano.


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Matthew Zalkind


An internationally-recognized cellist, Matthew Zalkind has celebrated three recent milestones. He received tenure at DU, he bought his first house, and he got married.

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News Stories

The Show Must Go On, Lamont Distinguished Alumni Award & Newman Fellowship Gift

Opera Rehearsal

Come pitfalls or pandemics, the show goes on

Lamont’s challenges and triumphs with the pandemic are featured in one of the lead photo stories in the summer online edition of University of Denver Magazine.

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Robert wolff

Robert Wolff, BM 1983, Receives 2021 Lamont Distinguished Alumni Award

Scoring editor for three of John Williams' Star Wars films and currently editing a recording project for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

The Lamont School of Music has named film scoring and recording editor Robert Wolff (BM 1983) as the recipient of its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award was voted by the faculty for the second year as part of an effort to honor and connect with Lamont alumni. The award will be formally presented to Wolff when he visits the campus later this year.

Photo: Andrea Shea, WBUR/Boston. A Boston Symphony Orchestra playback session for Shostakovich #8, Symphony Hall, Boston, March 2016. (L to R) Maestro Andris Nelsons and Robert Wolff.

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Robert & Judi Newman

Gift from Robert and Judi Newman Benefits Music Students

Robert & Judi Newman, whose involvement with the University spans decades, recently renewed a gift to Lamont that funds a two-year fellowship for master of music students in performance or conducting.

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